When planning on doing some renovation at home, whether it’s as simple as mounting a new flat screen TV or opening up a space between two rooms, it is important to know your electrical circuits. To do this, you need to trace the wires inside your walls without damaging the wirings and the wall itself. Tracing your electrical wiring can also make your home a lot safer. Knowing which outlets are connected to which circuits can help in planning the positioning of your appliances and prevent overloading.
Tools for Tracing Electrical Wiring
There are lots of tools you can use to trace your electrical wiring, as well as help in your other home projects. One of these is the stud finder. Electronic stud finders produce an electrical field which can change when near denser regions of the wall. Some models are also capable of detecting wires behind walls.
A voltage detector is another useful thing to have around. With this, you can test whether the wire is live or not. This is very helpful in determining which wire is which especially if you come across a tangle of wires.
You may also use a live circuit tracer which is made specifically for finding wires behind walls or underground. However, circuit tracers can be expensive. If you are not going to do a lot of wiring work, it may be best to borrow from a friend or rent one from your local electrician.
Working with electricity can be quite dangerous. Because of this, some places only allow licensed electricians to repair or install additional wirings. Before starting your work, be sure to check with local laws and building codes that apply to your project.
Always wear the proper protective equipment while you’re working and handle all your tools with care. Also, be on the lookout for exposed nails, wires, and other potential hazards.
Faulty wiring can be a cause of electrocution or fire so follow every step carefully.
Most modern homes come with detailed electrical blueprints. However, if your house is an older structure, knowing its electrical wirings can make it a safer place for you and your family. As with most renovation projects, if you think electrical tracing is too much for you, don’t be too proud to call in the experts.